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Kim leads OneAsia trio to U.S. Q-School finals

Kim Meen-wheeHONG KONG, Nov 18 - OneAsia regular Kim Meen-whee has just one more hurdle in pursuit of a U.S. PGA Tour card after finishing runner-up at the second stage of Q-School in Florida.

Fellow Korean Kim Dae-hyun -- runner-up at OneAsia's Kolon Korea Open last month -- made it through to the final stage after finishing third in California, while Australian Ashley Hall also qualified.

The trio will travel to Palm Springs for the final stage of Q-School, played over six rounds from November 28 to December 3, where 25 cards are up for grabs.

This year's gruelling Q-School qualification has been the most competitive on record as it is the last time players will be able to earn a U.S. PGA Tour card without going through the Tour, formerly the Nationwide Tour.

Kim Meen-whee, currently 14th on the OneAsia Order of merit, fired four rounds in the 60s to finish 17 under par and grab one of 19 slots available at the Plantation Preserve Golf Club.

Kim Dae-Hyun fired a final round six-under 66 to ensure his progression at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, California, in a tournament that saw fellow OneAsia members Nick Cullen, Kim Kyung-tae, Garret Sapp and Lucas Lee fall short.

Hall, who played in the Open Championship this year, finished tied for 17th at Southern Hills Plantation Course in Brooksville, Florida to book his place in the final stage. Countryman Matthew Griffin, who won the Charity High1 Resort Open on OneAsia earlier this year, failed to get through.

At TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, three-time OneAsia winner Kim Bi-o missed qualification by a shot despite a final-round 68 that left him 10 under par.

Australian Anthony Summers, who qualified for the U.S. Open earlier this year after winning regional qualifying, had no such luck at Q-School at Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Florida, missing the cut by 13 shots.

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